Maryland court overturns murder conviction for Serial's Adnan Syed

30 March, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Bert Pena
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Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the subject of the hit podcast "Serial", was granted a new trial by a Maryland appeals court on Thursday.

Quick refresh: In 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted of killing his high school girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, and burying her body in a Baltimore park.

A Baltimore man whose murder conviction was questioned by the popular 2014 "Serial" podcast will be retried, a Maryland appeals court ordered on Thursday, after concluding that his lawyer had failed to defend him effectively.

Adnan Syed was granted a new trial on Thursday by a Maryland appeals court. Prosecutors appealed that decision to the appellate court. Syed's conviction was originally vacated by a lower circuit court in 2016, but the State of Maryland appealed that decision.

That potential alibi witness, Asia McClain, claimed to see Syed in their high school library during the time prosecutors said Lee was murdered. If it's appealed, it would be many months before Syed would learn whether his conviction stands and whether he would be granted a new trial, according to the Baltimore Sun.

In its opinion Thursday, the three-judge panel affirmed that the defense team's "deficient performance prejudiced Syed's defense", explaining that his counsel failed to contact a potential witness whose alibi could "have raised a reasonable doubt in the mind of at least one juror".

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Next question: Sarah Koenig, are you taking notes?

Hey guys, remember a little podcast called Serial? The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered podcast records.

"We hope that they (the state) will come to the conclusion that this has gone on long enough" and not appeal the ruling, Brown told a press conference.

Brown said he is pleased by the ruling and said he hopes the state won't appeal it.

Brown said if the case were to go to trial, "we like our chances - we like them a lot".

After Syed's 2016 court victory, Lee's family issued a statement expressing their disappointment.

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